NFL Rumors: Does Dwayne Bowe Make Sense for New York Jets?

By Christopher Gamble

There are NFL rumors percolating around Dwayne Bowe as reports are beginning to surface that he wants to leave the Kansas City Chiefs.

While this news might not come as a shocker to many, it does bring unwanted media attention to a team that is 1-5 this season and further damages the relationship between player and team. Bowe, you might remember, refused to sign his $9 million franchise tender until the second week of the preseason and has had open quarrels with the Chiefs about his long-term commitment to the club.

There are a few clubs that would try to make a trade for Bowe, who can still be a very productive receiver in the NFL if he is motivated and has someone to throw him the football not named Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn. Of course his attitude might turn some teams off, but if Terrell Owens could find someone to offer him a tryout this year, then Bowe should be able to find a new home with no problem.

The Miami Dolphins are a popular team when mentioning wide receivers. They obviously have a need for a number one-type receiver even if Brian Hartline is doing his best impersonation of one this season. However, it is another AFC East team that makes the most sense to go after Bowe this offseason.

The New York Jets wide receiver position is, shall we say, in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Santonio Holmes might have played his last game as a Jet because he might become a cap casualty after this season. Jeremy Kerley has shown flashes of being a very good slot receiver, but he needs help in order to be productive. Stephen Hill has shown flashes of what the future might hold, but needs to stay healthy.

Adding Bowe to the Jets would be an instant upgrade, even if Holmes doesn’t leave. Yes, the quarterback situation is as unsettled as it is in Kansas City, but Mark Sanchez can at least say he has played well in the playoffs and if the offense is tailored correctly, Sanchez might even be able to be a consistently good quarterback.

Bowe is a three-time 1,000-yard receiver, did catch 15 touchdowns in 2010 and has played in every game since the beginning of 2010 after missing a few games in 2009 due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Bowe’s 427 receiving yards this season would be the best on the Jets, who are led by Kerley’s 315. His 3 TDs would tie him for the team lead with Stephen Hill.

Even if the Jets have no plans on removing Holmes from the roster, adding Bowe would make a ton of sense. Their receiving corps would go from lackluster to blockbuster. Imagine Bowe and Holmes lined up outside with Kerley in the slot in three receiver sets. Or, add Hill as the fourth receiver and you suddenly have an offense that is a threat and would open up the running game for Shonn Greene.

The Jets need to do something to address their receiving woes. Adding a Pro Bowl player isn’t a bad idea.

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